Exploring new destinations: Bira, South Sulawesi

Bira, May 2017

The southeast corner of South Sulawesi is famous for its white beaches and its boat building tradition. AccessibleIndonesia visited to survey the area as a new destination for guests with disability, particularly those who use a wheelchair.

It takes around 4 hours by car from Makassar to Bira, and a bit more if we take it easy and stop for the many great views of the landscape between ocean and mountains.

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New Hotel in Town

Makassar, April 2017

Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi and starting point for trips to Toraja, has around 14.000 hotel rooms. Now, five of them are wheelchair accessible. This small number is very sad, but we are happy about every room that is added. AccessibleIndonesia visited the new Gamara hotel to have a look at their two wheelchair-friendly rooms. Pak Rahman, director of the local disability organisation PERDIK, joint us to provide his input from the perspective of a person with low-vision.

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Prambanan Temple supports Visitors with Disability

Yogyakarta, February 2017

The pro-active support and action of the Conservation Office for the Prambanan temple made it possible that a family from Hongkong with a wheelchair-using family member, who visited Yogyakarta with AccessibleIndonesia, could get easy access to the spectacular temple complex. The great Prambanan usually is not very easy to visit for people using a wheelchair. Several flights of stairs obstruct access to the central courtyard with its 16 temples and shrines.

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Climbing Latimojong

Makassar, December 2016

PERDIK, a Disabled People’s Organisation from Makassar, Sulawesi, celebrated International Day of Persons with Disability in a very special way: They organised an expedition to climb up 3478 meter high Latimojong mountain in South Sulawesi! Two PERDIK members with a physical disability and one member with a visual impairment took part in this adventure, supported by volunteers and experienced mountain climbers, since Latimojong is not an easy target to tackle!

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrated in Indonesia

Makassar, December 2016

As every year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated around the world on 3rd December 2016. In Indonesia, celebrations and special events were reported from almost every bigger city, from Bali over Java to Sumatra. AccessibleIndonesia joint the festivities in Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi.

In Makassar, several coalitions of Disabled Persons’ Organisations joint forces and gathered at Karebosi Square in the middle of town.

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World Tourism Day 2016: Tourism for All

Indonesia, September 2016

Watch AccessibleIndonesia’s message for the World Tourism Day on 27 September 2016. This year, the motto is ‘Tourism for All’.

Collecting videos for World Tourism Day was an initiative of Hotelaccessibility.com.

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ATAP Discussion Platform

Indonesia / Philippines, July 2016

Feeling the need to engage even more actively in discussions and exchange about Accessible Tourism in the Asia Pacific Region, and to involve a broad range of stakeholders from around the world, a discussion Platform was started on Facebook. ATAP (Accessible Tourism – Asia Pacific) aims at raising awareness and increasing understanding about accessible and inclusive tourism. Everybody interested in accessible tourism in the Asia Pacific region and worldwide is invited to join,

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Lava Tour at Mount Merapi becomes more accessible

Yogyakarta, December 2015

When AccessibleIndonesia together with Dwi Ariyani and her family visited Mount Merapi in October 2015 to embark on a Lava Tour, we brought a portable foldable platform with ramp with us, so that Dwi could easily get from her wheelchair onto the high Jeep seat. This worked well, also due to the active support of the Lava Tour organisers and Jeep owners. They thought, how cumbersome it is when people have to bring their own ramp!

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Disability Awareness Workshop at Borobudur

Yogyakarta, October 2015

AccessibleIndonesia initiated a Disability Awareness Workshop for employees at the Borobudur temple, Yogyakarta, Central Java. The aim was to provide employees in different sections of the management with information and awareness about disability, and to train them in basic skills of wheelchair handling.

Workshop facilitators were the disability activists Dwi Ariyani and Joni Yulianto, as well as Siti Muslihah Fakri (physiotherapist) and Kerstin Beise (AccessibleIndonesia).

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Accessibility Survey at Fort Rotterdam, Makassar

Makassar, November 2015

AccessibleIndonesia visited Fort Rotterdam, the 17th-century Dutch Fortress in Makassar, Sulawesi, to see how accessible it is, and to suggest changes to the management. With us was Bambang Permadi, Head of the South Sulawesi branch of the Indonesian Association of Persons with Disabilities (PPDI ) and Al Kadri Sewa of the Indonesian Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy (PerMaTa ). We met Andi M. Said, Head of the Sulawesi Conservation Unit,

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